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Siegbert Tarrasch
Number of games in database: 946
Years covered: 1879 to 1933
Overall record: +442 -202 =256 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      46 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C77 C67 C78 C66 C65
 French Defense (59) 
    C11 C10 C14 C01 C12
 Four Knights (39) 
    C49 C47 C48
 French (37) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    D02 D05 A46 E10 A40
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D55 D53 D64 D63 D61
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (98) 
    C67 C77 C83 C80 C82
 French Defense (47) 
    C00 C01 C12 C11 C14
 Sicilian (33) 
    B40 B45 B23 B34 B24
 Tarrasch Defense (31) 
    D32 D34 D33
 French (30) 
    C00 C12 C11 C13
 Ruy Lopez, Open (30) 
    C83 C80 C82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 1-0
   Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 1-0
   Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 1-0
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Breslau (1889)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Vienna (1898)
   Marshall - Tarrasch (1905)
   Ostend (Championship) (1907)
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
   Ostend (1905)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Hastings (1895)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Semmering (1926)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I. by Dr. Siggy
   good games by sk.sen
   Praeceptor Mundi by chocobonbon
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III. by Dr. Siggy
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Odds games by WhiteRook48
   Chigorin-Tarrasch match by keypusher
   Match Chigorin! by amadeus
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (match) by Akavall
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part II. by Dr. Siggy
   6. Siegbert Tarrasch by Roshon N

   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1896

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(born Mar-05-1862, died Feb-17-1934, 71 years old) Germany

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Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau. At 15, he learned the game of chess, and he shot to prominence quickly, winning four consecutive international tournaments: Breslau (1889), Manchester in 1890 ( ), Dresden (1892) and Leipzig (1894). He won the Monte Carlo (1903) tournament. After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two players agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, but the negotiations collapsed after Tarrasch requested a postponement. A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Despite this loss, Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory.

Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published Die Modern Schachpartie and Three hundred Chess Games.

Lines from both the Queen's Gambit and the French Defense are named after him. He is known for a guideline in Rook endings that Rooks generally serve their best purpose behind passed pawns. Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability.

Notes: Siegbert played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck.

Wikipedia article: Siegbert Tarrasch

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 946  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-026 1879 BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 0-124 1879 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
3. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-033 1879 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
4. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-032 1879 BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-019 1879 BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-039 1879 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
7. Tarrasch vs F Riemann 0-118 1879 BreslauC67 Ruy Lopez
8. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-024 1879 BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
9. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 1-022 1879 BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. Mendelson vs Tarrasch  0-146 1880 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
11. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch  0-130 1880 BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Tarrasch vs W Cohn  1-029 1880 matchB44 Sicilian
13. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-115 1880 BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. Tarrasch vs Mendelson  1-024 1880 BreslauC49 Four Knights
15. Tarrasch vs Pribulsky 1-030 1880 BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. Tarrasch vs NN 1-011 1880 BerlinC50 Giuoco Piano
17. F Riemann vs Tarrasch 1-041 1880 BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. Tarrasch vs Landau 1-017 1880 white blindfoldedC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-023 1880 BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
20. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-037 1880 BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-027 1880 BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
22. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-020 1880 Breslau000 Chess variants
23. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-021 1880 BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
24. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-027 1880 matchC11 French
25. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-028 1880 BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 946  PGN Download
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Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Weak points or holes in the opponent's position must be occupied by pieces, not pawns> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <If the defender is forced to give up the center, then every possible attack follows almost of itself> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Up to this point White has been following well-known analysis. But now he makes a fatal error: he begins to use his own head> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <One doesn't have to play well, it's enough to play better than your opponent> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <The future belongs to he who has the bishops> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: < a lively imagination can exercise itself most fully and creatively in conjuring up magnificent combinations> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Chess is a terrible game. If you have no center, your opponent has a freer position. If you do have a center, then you really have something to worry about! > - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Intellectual activity is perhaps the greatest pleasure of life; chess is one of the forms of intellectual activity> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <First-class players lose to second-class players because second-class players sometimes play a first-class game> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Many have become chess masters - no one has become the master of chess> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Every move creates a weakness> - Tarrasch.
Dec-26-14  micartouse: <When you don't know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent's mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong>

I really enjoyed this one. Wouldn't be at all out of place in a modern chess book!

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  perfidious: <micartouse> Always liked that one myself.
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  keypusher: <zanzibar>

Dec-27-14  Sally Simpson: Hi micartouse,

Cannot think of many of Tarrasch's wee pearls that would look out of place in a modern chess book.

The one about about waiting for your opponent to think of something to do is a classic.

Some players think they must always be doing 'something' and have yet to learn the art of passing the buck.

If they try to pass it is usually a pawn move they select and the weakness it creates sows the seed of defeat. (been there and suffered.)

If you don't know what to do. Leave your pawns alone.

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  perfidious: <Sally: If you don't know what to do. Leave your pawns alone.>

Sound advice on the whole.

Dec-27-14  zanzibar: Many thanks, <keypusher>, bless Eugene B. Cook's collection at Princeton.

Exactly what I was looking for (don't know how I missed it). Thanks again.

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  keypusher: <zanzibar: Many thanks, <keypusher>, bless Eugene B. Cook's collection at Princeton.>

The google version book cuts off in the middle of game 300, damnit. Not sure how many pages are missing, or if he included an afterword on the Chigorin match, etc.

Mar-24-15  TheFocus: < a lively imagination can exercise itself most fully and creatively in conjuring up magnificent combinations> - Siegbert Tarrasch.
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  WannaBe: Up to this point White has been following well-known analysis. But now he makes a fatal error: he begins to use his own head. - Siegbert Tarrasch

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  Ron: Tarrasch has more wit than Nimzo.
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  offramp: <Ron: Tarrasch has more wit than Nimzo.> Definitely! His wit is slightly Teutonic but it is funny. His book 300 Chess Games has lot of little quips in it. It took me ages to get a copy that was in English. The copy I got, translated by Sol Schwarz, has loads of small errors but they don't interfere with the games or the gist of what Tarrasch is saying. What surprised me is that Irving Chernev, who loved the book, didn't translate it himself.
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  MissScarlett: Via <Batgirl>, a 1915 <American Chess Bulletin> notice of the death of Tarrasch's son:

Apr-17-15  Mr. V: I'm a huge Tarrasch fan. I have his book "The Game of Chess", which I truly love.

Offramp, I see you are also a Tarrasch fan. What do you mean by describing his wit as "Teutonic"? Just curious. I've never hear of any humor described thus.

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  offramp: <Mr. V:.. Offramp, I see you are also a Tarrasch fan. What do you mean by describing his wit as "Teutonic"? Just curious. I've never hear of any humor described thus.>

I really just meant that it was German. I think his sense of humour is very dry and often aimed at himself. Often, one has to think for a while to realise it is even a joke at all. I'll try to find some examples.

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